Black Rock, Maui
Hawaii, Maui, Scuba Diving

A Maui Favorite: Snorkeling at Black Rock

"I am happiest near the sea." It's true. And it's no secret. The moment that I step onto the beach and hear the calming sound of the ocean I immediately feel my blood pressure drop. Just thinking about those soothing vibes makes me feel a bit calmer as I type this very sentence. So on our… Continue reading A Maui Favorite: Snorkeling at Black Rock

'Anini Beach, Kauai
Hawaii, Kauai, Travel

Hanging with Crush in the Big ‘Ol Blue

Did anyone catch that Finding Nemo reference? 🙂 When my family and I started planning our trip to Hawaii, my stepmom said that she wanted to swim with sea turtles -- and I knew just the place to take her. Located on the northern coast of Kauai, one of my favorite beaches is nestled among… Continue reading Hanging with Crush in the Big ‘Ol Blue

Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Travel

Turtle Power!

Happy Turtle Tuesday! On our first visit to Hawaii back in 2009 we encountered our first sea turtle on the popular, sunny, south shore beach of Kauai. Poipu Beach is a frequent hang out for the Hawaiian Honu (sea turtle) as well as many sea-lions; and while I expected to see a sea-lion relaxing on the… Continue reading Turtle Power!

Bahamas, Risky Business, Travel


It's here! It's finally here! One of my favorite weeks of the year is upon us! SHARK WEEK! Every year for one week, the Discovery Channel dedicates a week of programming to sharks--shark facts, shark stories, shark attack survivors--I can't get enough of it. If you've read Pictures and Plane Tickets for a while then it's… Continue reading Jawsome!

Big Island, Hawaii, Scuba Diving, Travel

The Dive Log: A Majestic Manta Ray Night Dive

Read Part One of my Big Island diving experience, here. When I first learned about night diving with Manta Rays the experience was instantly added to my bucket list. I don't think I even had a second thought, it was just one of those things that was supposed to be on my list all along. Of… Continue reading The Dive Log: A Majestic Manta Ray Night Dive